Preventative Care Guidelines

Preventative Care Reminder List.

It has been an honor to be your physician to date. At this time; we have implemented a trial program to ensure that our patients receive the optimal screening tests as recommended by current guidelines.

At this time, it is highly recommended that you get the following tests done.

For ALL

Influenza vaccination – over age 65, we HIGHLY recommend the flu shot for patients aged 65+ as it is one of the best measures that we have to keep our seniors healthy. Getting the flu as our immune system ages puts you at greater risk for hospitalization, pneumonia and serious consequences. About 90% of deaths from the seasonal flu occur in adults over the age of 65.

Colorectal cancer screening – between age 50-744, we recommend that unless you have had a recent colonoscopy; a fecal occult blood test be done to make sure that there is no microscopic blood in the stool. Blood in the stool may be a sign of benign problems (ie: hemorrhoids) or more serious disease

For Women only

Mammogram – between age 50-74; we recommend that women get mammograms at least every 24 month to screen for breast cancer.

Pap Smear – between age 35-69; we recommend that women with low risk get a pap test every 30 months to screen for cervical cancer. Those with recent pap abnormalities should inquire as to the frequency that they should be getting their next pap test.

We value your health and with these measures; we hope to ensure that we can screen or prevent some of the more common diseases that we encounter over time. If you haven’t had these procedures done in a while; please discuss them with us at your next appointment or call in.